Despite the clerical regime’s repressive measures, on Sunday, May 9, 2021, retirees and social security pensioners in Tehran and 12 other cities took to the streets again protesting against the unbearable living conditions and the below-poverty line salaries. In Tehran, repressive forces and plainclothes agents gathered in front of the Social Security Organization to prevent the formation of the retirees’ protest rally.
In addition to Tehran, retirees and pensioners gathered outside social security offices in Borujerd, Karaj, Tabriz, Mashhad, Rasht, Khorramabad, Sanandaj, Isfahan, Kermanshah, Shiraz, Shush, and Marand. They chanted: “Only by taking to the streets, we can get our rights,” “Our salary is in rials, while our expenses are in dollars,” “Social Security, the name does not match the doings,” “Retirees stand up against oppression”, “We are facing the Coronavirus crisis, and discrimination and nobody (the regime) cares about us,” “We will not vote anymore, we have heard too many lies,” “Down with Rouhani,” and ” Imprisoned workers must be released.”
At the same time, for several consecutive days running, students gathered in front of the Education Departments in Bandar Abbas, Tabriz, Kerman, Mashhad, Qom, and Karaj, protesting against in-person exams, which would lead to spreading COVID-19 among students and their families. They chanted, “We do not want the in-person exams,” The repressive State Security Force and plainclothes agents attempted to stop these gatherings and to prevent the news of the gatherings from spreading. They confiscated the mobile phone of those who were filming. Several students were arrested in Mashhad.